Our Core Services

Vessel Handling

All vessels calling in the port are fully handled by the Marine Operations Department solely the responsibility of Ghana Ports and Harbors Authority under the supervision of the Harbour Master.

Vessel handling includes:


Available 24 hours a day. Compulsory for all vessels entering and    leaving or shifting berths in the main harbour. Vessels wishing to enter the harbour must await pilots at eight cables NE of starboard breakwater (lee breakwater head) or buoys. Alternatively, they should anchor at Quarantine anchorage.

Ship Repair Facility

The port is equipped with a dry-dock and slipway that has been modernized and expanded to accommodate vessels and crafts up to 400 tons.


Compulsory within the main harbour and ordered through the signal station or via an agent. Tugs of up to 1,250hp available on special application. Two tugs of 1860kw with about 40 tonnes bollard pulls are available.

Mooring / Unmooring / Berthing

  1. The service for mooring and berthing includes tying of ropes and the supply of necessary boats and crew for the purposes of mooring and the allocation of berths to vessels.
  2. Mooring and berthing charges are payable whether a ship is berthed alongside a quay or at the buoys. There is payment for each movement.


Stevedoring services are provided by GPHA and 5 licensed private stevedoring companies. The port stevedore department handles 25% with the remaining 75% allocated to the five (5) companies licensed to operate in the Port. Cargo allocations are handled by the Harbour Master. Private Stevedore companies operating in the port are:

  • Advance Stevedore
  • Atlantic Port Services
  • Speedline  Company
  • Gemini Maritime Services
  • Golden Gate Services.

Shore handling

The supply of fresh water is provided by GPHA Fire & Safety Department. Fresh water is available by pipe at berths 2, 4, 5 and 6. Rate of supply is 20 tonnes/ hour. Water barge supply vessels moored at buoys.

Waste Reception Facilities

Waste reception service is provided by Zeal Environmental Technologies, a private company in the Port.

Fresh Water Supply

The supply of fresh water is provided by GPHA Fire & Safety Department. Fresh water is available by pipe at berths 2, 4, 5 and 6. Rate of supply is 20 tonnes/ hour. Water barge supply vessels moored at buoys.

Dock Labour Service

The Ghana Dock Labour Company (GDLC) is responsible for the supply of labour to companies operating in the port.

Clearing & Forwarding Agencies

Port of Takoradi has in stock experienced and dedicated clearing and forwarding agents for the professional handling of all cargoes through the port. For further information, the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders can be contacted through their email and website at:


Ghana Community Network (GC-Net)

GCNet (Ghana Community Network Services Limited) operates an electronic system for processing trade and customs documents in Ghana. This network is managed by Ghana Revenue Authority and facilitates the clearance of cargoes from the port.  This service helps reduce the illegalities in tax payment and collection. This system provides complete audit trail on all imports and exports through the port.

Customs Excise and Preventive Services(CEPS)

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) Customs Division is the service mandated by Government to collect duties on all Imports and exports. They promote the protection of revenue through the prevention of smuggling of goods across Ghana's borders.  In addition they protect the boundaries of Ghana by preventing external aggression and promote territorial integrity of Ghana. The service is a member of Ghana's security services. Import and export restrictions and prohibitions are supervised by the service. For Further Information visit www.gra.gov.gh

Bunkering and Ship Chandlery Services

Bunkering is provided by Cirrus Oil Company, Goil and TotalFina. Diesels and other oils are available at the main quay by road tankers.

Stores to vessels are provided by competitive ship chandlers. Major ship chandlers in the operating in the port include:

Cape Three Point
For more details, please contact:
Sali Bukari
For more details, please contact:
Fianoo Ship Chandlers
For more details, please contact
Emaks General Suppliers
For more details, please contact:

Storage and Warehousing Services

The Port has sheds with storage covered area of 140,000m2, open storage area of 250,000m2 with container holding capacity of 5000teus. There are also private warehouses in and around the port to augment the ports capacity.

Fire and Safety

The department of Fire and Safety has a 24hr well-organized, well trained, committed and dedicated fire – fighting service with modern fire fighting equipment. Tugs are fitted with fire fighting equipment with fire monitors. The department is also responsible for the provision of fresh water to vessels and the monitoring of ballast works in the port. Fire service can be contacted from all boxes on transit sheds and at the main gate. Alternatively, call 02333124073.  


The Port of Takoradi is renowned for its excellent security network. It has well skilled operations staff and drilled and dedicated security personnel to ensure the safety and security of all types of cargo.

The security network has further been improved with the installation of a closed – circuit television network in the Port. With this, cargoes and personnel working in the port are safe and secured. The department works hand in hand with the National Security, Police, The Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) and the Narcotics Control Board.